Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Week 1 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Let's Get Started!

WHY DID I START RESEARCHING OUR FAMILY HISTORY?


My Introduction to Genealogy 

In this first post, I will be writing about how and why I got started. 


It all started with an old brown suitcase with the initials H W.



Given to us for safekeeping by my father in law.
This suitcase has seen some service as it had belonged to my husband's maternal grandfather and was probably the one he used when he was in the army during World War 2.

Harold Ward second from right in back row


Harold Ward

Telegrams sent by or to Harold Ward

 As well as the telegrams the suitcase contain other family items including some certificates and burial documents for the Ward family.
I was interested in finding out who these people were and their relationship to the family. 
I spoke to my father in law to find out what he knew.

The death of my father in 2000 was another trigger to find out more about my own side of the family. Within a few years most of his siblings had also died so I may have missed so much had I not started when I did.

The tree below shows his spouse and ancestors (the descendants are not included for the privacy of living family). This can be zoomed and either scrolling over or clicking on an individual will reveal more information. I will update this diagram so please come back again to see more about this family. Pressing shift and clicking on a box will close the information box that appears below the diagram. The marriage box can be closed in a similar manner.
Generated by Parallax View's SVG Family-Tree Generator V4.4.1. See http://parallax-viewpoint.blogspot.com/2017/05/interactive-trees-in-blogs-using-svg.html B:19 SEP 1905 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England D:2 AUG 1971 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England B:19 SEP 1905 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England D:2 AUG 1971 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England Harold Ward B:25 NOV 1905 in Norwich,Norfolk,England D:22 MAR 1958 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England B:25 NOV 1905 in Norwich,Norfolk,England D:22 MAR 1958 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England Laura Maud Ward B:5 JAN 1873 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England D:27 JUN 1929 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England B:5 JAN 1873 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England D:27 JUN 1929 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England George Ward B:24 AUG 1872 in Frolesworth,Leicestershire,England D:31 MAR 1951 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England B:24 AUG 1872 in Frolesworth,Leicestershire,England D:31 MAR 1951 in Stamford,Lincolnshire,England Fanny Smith B:1 APR 1840 in Little Bytham,Lincolnshire,England D:27 FEB 1929 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England B:1 APR 1840 in Little Bytham,Lincolnshire,England D:27 FEB 1929 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England Mary Anne King B:CAL 1836 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England D:15 FEB 1922 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England B:CAL 1836 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England D:15 FEB 1922 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England Robert Ward B:CAL 1809 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England D:8 MAR 1873 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England B:CAL 1809 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England D:8 MAR 1873 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England Richard Ward B:CAL 1811 in Muston,Leicestershire,England D:9 DEC 1896 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England B:CAL 1811 in Muston,Leicestershire,England D:9 DEC 1896 in Croxton Kerrial,Leicestershire,England Mary Gray


6 comments:

  1. G'day Hilary,
    Love the way you have presented this post - and it all came about because of a suitcase. I am wondering what tool you have used to create the mindmap of the family.

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    1. The tree was created using a program from Tony Proctor. He has a Facebook group and a blog parallax-viewpoint.blogspot.com .

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  2. Number one down, 51 to go. Look forward to reading them Hilary.

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  3. Very good Hilary,I like your 52 weeks compilation idea drawing together your research. Look forward to the next instalment 👍

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  4. What an amazing item to have in your possession! I look forward to reading more!

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  5. You have some really nice documents. Good luck on your 52 Ancestors journey.

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